A day of discussions about the changing connections between art and its publics: Co-organised by Auckland Art Gallery and AUT University School of Art and DesignInternational keynote speaker: Jeanne van Heeswijk
How can the public play a greater role in art? How can public participants be generative in the creation of culture - in reality as well as in theory? How can a multitude of voices be heard or seen in 'public art' and in art institutions? Can art in public space support new or productive relationships with communities? Is it possible for art institutions to engage with expectations that art will assist in the development of a discursive public sphere while also having to prioritise cultural tourism or the economic contribution of the arts?
This symposium seeks discussion on the rise of connectivities between art in public space and publics. It addresses varied calls for art to play a role in the creation of a public sphere, evident, for example, in the recent Istanbul and Sydney biennales.
Saturday 13 September - 9am-5pm
Auditorium, lower ground level - free
Run of events9-9.30amRegistration and Introduction 9.30-10.15amKeynote: Jeanne van Heeswijk 10.45am-12.30pmSESSION 1: Enterprise vs hospitality Grace McQuilten
Suburban Floral Association -
Tanya Eccleston / Monique Redmond 1.15-3pmSESSION 2: Exploring the localSESSION 3: Exploring the localAlex Monteith
Andy Thomson and Paul Cullen
Gretchen CoombsJanita Craw and Victoria O'Sullivan
Martin Awa Clarke Langdon
Olivia Labb3.30-5pmSESSION 4: Public or counter-publicSESSION 5: Non participation Social Practices Art Network (SPAN)
Mark Amery, Sophie Jerram, Helen Kirlew SmithLayne Waerea
Image: Jeanne van Heeswijk, The Resistance of Small Happiness 2010. Photo by Marcel van der Meijs